By Harry Schofield:
All the talking is finally over and the Pirelli Grand Prix de France gets underway in France.
High temperatures and high tyre derogation paid a big part in today's race.
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas took another 1-2 of the season for Mercedes.
With the normal outcome of the race becoming ever more predictable with Mercedes dominance, McLaren stole the headlines from them.
With a fantastic Qualifying session from both McLaren’s yesterday it was a superb result for the Woking team taking 6th place for Carlos Sainz and 10th place for Lando Norris.
Lando Norris was voted driver of the day, which was well earned.
Lando struggled at first with loss of his DRS activation, which eventually got much worse with a suspected hydraulic issue affecting his steering and gearbox.
Sergio Perez was another casualty of the race with a time penalty of 5 seconds for going off the track at turn 3, Sergio had rejoined the track in the correct manner, but was judged to have gained an advantage, more controversy going into next weekends race in Austria
Ferrari although did not make any major mistakes during the race had a disappointing result with Charles finishing in 3rd and Sebastian finishing in 5th .
With Sebastian nearly 50 seconds ahead of 6th place man Carlos Sainz, Ferrari took a gamble and called Vettel into the pits for new tyres with 1 lap left Vettel took the fastest lap of the race and gained an extra point for the fastest lap of the race.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen had a strong finish in 4th place, his team mate Pierre Gasly had a below Parr finish in 11th place, surely now Red Bull will need to look at Pierre’s race performance’s and make a decision on his future before next race.
Williams misery continue with 18th and 19th position 2 laps down, Sir Patrick Head is forming a strategy to move the team on, but I think its too little too late and surely now next years car will have to be the main focus.
France provided us with a clear indication how dominant Mercedes is, with excellent tyre management, with Ferrari and Red Bull needing to up their game, the added pressure now is from McLaren, all to play for and a roller coaster of a ride for the remainder of the 2019 Formula 1 season.
Pirelli Grand Prix de France Full Results:
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 18.056s
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 18.985s
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 34.905s
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 62.796s
6 Carlos Sainz McLaren 95.462s
7 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1 LAP
8 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1 LAP
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1 LAP
10 Lando Norris McLaren 1 LAP
11 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1 LAP
12 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1 LAP
13 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1 LAP
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1 LAP
15 Alex Albon Toro Rosso 1 LAP
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1 LAP
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1 LAP
18 Robert Kubica Williams 2 LAPS
19 George Russell Williams 2 LAPS
© Harry Schofield 2019